Smart wheelchair – innovation that can help thousands of people with disabilities

During the youth challenge „Generation Unlimited“, organized by UNICEF, the team From Zero to Hero, whose members were students from FINKI faculty and high school students, made a prototype of smart wheelchair that could make the lives of people with disabilities much easier. As we can see from the official website of „Generation Unlimited“, the aim of this challenge was to encourage young innovators to think and create sustainable ideas and products that could help people with disabilities in their everyday lives. 

The members of the team From Zero to Hero, David Lazaroski, Martin Dinev i Blagojche Pavleski, inspired by their friend Veronica, who has physical disability and is in a wheelchair, developed an innovation that can help her and other people who are in wheelchairs. 

The wheelchair works in the following way: the person using the wheelchair uses glasses that have built-in cameras that follow the movement of the user’s iris. This way, the wheelchair moves with the help of the movement of the eyes of the person who is in it. The wheelchair also has built-in health monitoring system for the user that is integrated into a built-in chip. This system monitor the physical and emotional status of the user, by keeping statistics about their health characteristics such as temperature, pulse and ECG. This data is available to the parents or doctors of the user through an application and they can monitor them in real time. 

In an interview for the portal Inovatinost, the member of the team From Zero to Hero, David Lazaroski, says that even though the project is still in development, the team has already received orders for this system. The team firstly created the model for the wheelchair, which was tested. In the second stage the model was improved, and in the third stage the porotype of the smart wheelchair that can move with the help of the movement of the eyes was created. (SOURCE)

“Our vision is for the system to be improved to a level that can it can be used for the control of robot feet that can replace the wheelchair in the future”, says Lazaroski. 

He says that these types of system already exist in the world, but what is characteristic for their system is that it can be built-in into already existing wheelchairs and with this make it more affordable at a lower price.  

About the project, he says that working with people with disabilities has been an excellent opportunity to be able to “put themselves in other people shoes” and this way learn to have more understanding about the everyday problems they face.  

Author: M. Popovska (9-1)

Photos: internet 

The original article is published in the school digital newspaper L.A. IN-formator

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